Back to routines after a very looong summer vacation in Sweden. Now with the kids settled back in school and activities are running smoothly, it is time to get back into the Kenzai feel-good mood. Looking forward to feeling stronger and tightening the body up a bit.
Done but not done... GRADUATION POST
So I knew going into this program that it could be a hit or miss since I was on summer holiday and tons of temptations in my face the entire time. I gave it my best, was very disciplined the first 5 weeks then a cold and jet lag hit me. Knowing that most part of the program was done during my summer holidays away from home, I can't allow myself to feel down not having ended it like I wanted. The good part is that the training (along with a lot of tennis) I have managed to squeeze in and eating right has not altered the way my clothes fit and my weight has not changed a bit!
I don't feel like it is fair to the hard work of the rest of the group to get a complete for this program, but I will for sure give it another try once the heat and humidity in HK allows for more outside runs.
Now, kids are back into school routines, tryouts for various soccer teams are done for my boys and we can finally find a nice and smooth everyday routine for the family. Bring on another program to whip me into the next phase of being fit for my tennis season which starts end of this month!
So as many of you can tell this has not been my best commitment to a program but I'm holding on and refusing to give up. I decided to go back to the workouts I missed last week so I'm almost a week behind. Hope this is ok?
Otherwise, diet is good and loving that the family is back to good old everyday routines; kids in school and I'm back playing tennis. It's so hot and humid here in HK so playing 2 hours really knocks me out. The amount I sweat could be an explanation for my loss in weight......even though I'm hoping it is all fat sweating out! :)
So the last few days have not been my best Kenzai days. It was our last days in Sweden for the summer and we had absolutely no time over for anything else than socializing with friends who we won’t see for another year. Exhausting but oh so much fun!
Flew back into HK yesterday and managed to catch a cold on the way so not only battling jet lag right now but also a cold. Not my best days that is to say.
Will be back once the foggy brain and cold is gone!
Traveling the last days so haven’t had time to update the blog. Have left Spain and now back in Sweden for our last leg of the summer holiday! I find following a training schedule with the blogging very difficult during the summer holidays, almost a bit stressful...
Workout is still on par, love the fartlek! Reminded me of my high school track and field running days!!
Will post my indulgence treat I had in Spain before we left!
Hope everyone is hanging in there.
Spending almost 2 weeks in southern part of Spain now, at my in-laws place which feels like our home so got right into the routine of stocking up on good food and working out in the mornings.
I am really enjoying the runs, due to the heat I run in the morning along the beach, before the kids wake up. It’s so peaceful and ending it with a swim in the ocean makes it just perfect!
Keep it up Team Ontario!!
1) The Basics: Where you live; What you do for work and/or play.
I'm a happy Swede living in Hong Kong for the past 5 years with my husband and 2 sons (ages 12 and 9). Living the life as a stay-at-home mom combining playing a lot tennis with a rich social life!
2) How long have you been around the community and what program(s) have you enjoyed the most?
I was intrigued by Kenzai after another soccer mom (Elissa and K-trainer) showed me the set-up so I gave K-Body 1 a shot and loved every bit of it. Did Body 2 straight after and then onto Chisel. K-run is now my 4th program and I do feel that Kenzai has really changed my lifestyle!
3) Do you have any prior running experience? And if so, what experience, and what is the longest distance you’ve run?
During my school years I ran a lot and I really mean a lot. I was on the High School cross country and track and field team. Ran 800m on track and 5km in cross country. For a long period of time running was my only way of exercising.
I think the longest distance is around 15km, but this was very long ago!!
4) Why did you sign up for this program, and do you have any specific goals for yourself?
I felt that this program would be easy to combine with a summer away from home (I'm spending 9 weeks in Sweden with a detour to Spain for 10 days). The weather is so much better for running outside than in HK, not to mention that it is almost impossible to run outside in HK due to the humidity and heat as well as the lack of good paths to run on.
I must give cred to all of you who do travel while being on a program, it is way harder than I ever thought it would be.
My goal is to be fit and have a better endurance when I get back to HK for my tennis season!
5) What one food or drink do you miss the most when you’re on a training program?
Oh, hard question!! It must be all the Swedish food that I miss while being away from Sweden. Next week, I will be in Spain and all the good Spanish food will be very tempting.I must confess that I will make some exceptions to the diet since I only visit Spain and Sweden once a year!
6) Anything else you’d like to share with your teammates?
Go Team go!! I look forward to doing this summer journey with you all!!
This was my little lady bug friend, who joined me at the todays workout!
I’m still here, just been extremely busy the last days. Spending the week with my sons soccer team from Hong Kong competing in the worlds largest youth soccer tournament in Sweden. 75 nations compete and there are around 1600 teams all playing soccer. It’s massive and it will keep me very occupied this week! Will try hard to get my workouts in!!
My sons team was chosen to represent HK for the opening ceremony doing the traditional lion dance! Absolutely amazing!
A month gap between my Chisel finish and the Run start has left me in limbo. I feel totally lost when I don't have a set workout/diet and group to follow in my life!!
Feels great to be back at it and I'm ready to get running. Having been a runner all my High School years, I had enough of competing in cross-country running and track/field running so running has not been high up on my activity list. Decided to give it a try again, tons of years later..... ;)
Spending my summer in Sweden where the air is crisp, a bit on the colder side but I guess that is good for running compared to my hometown Hong Kong. So far so good! Love the easy phasing in into the program, I have to admit I do get very eager to do much more than set out so I throw in the 8 mins abs (leaves the abs sore and a smile on my face when I see the 80s workout gear).
Let's do this, let's rock the Run program!!
Yeah, done and dusted GRADUATION POST
Body aching from a party last night dancing in high heels (did not drink so I could be good for the last workout this morning) but I got up to do the last workout. The sun was shining (hasn't happened in a long time in Honkers, see picture) and I was sweating through the last workout!! Boom, done!!
After having started being sick first week of Chisel I am so very happy it is over. Whoa, what a program. My body is stronger and fitter than ever but also very tired. The abs are coming along nicely just as I wanted, got a few weeks to work on them before we fly off to Sweden for the summer!
Thoth team, the best!! A big shout out to all of you for being so encouraging through your blogging and commenting! It is really needed in a program like this!
Next up I'll hit one of the running programs. It will be great with the cooler temperatures and the clean crisp air back in Sweden. Can't wait!
Got the email about not having written a blog post for a week, wow, felt like yesterday I wrote my last one. This time of the year is hectic but so much fun. Happy parties for the kids, sad parties for close friends leaving HK, parties because tennis season is over, it's all just parties right now! I have been very disciplined about the workout combined with tennis so that side is good but a few glasses of bubbly and a few good food has slipped down! Im not panicking about it since I feel so much stronger than before Chisel and life happens!
Will dig deep this last week and end with a bang!
Yesterday lesson comes at the right time (it’s incredible how these lessons are so well timed 😊)!
I’ve hit the wall big time! No motivation, I do the workouts and I feel so tired! I follow the diet and again, I’m so tired! Napping during the day is now a routine for me (yes, I have this luxury to be able to take a nap during the day so I shouldn’t complain)! Besides, I don’t see a huge difference in my body after all the workouts!! 🤬
Sorry team for a rather low motivational blog post but had to get it out of my system!
Will do my best to dig deep and just grind onwards!
Started the week off strong only to be reminded not to work out so hard straight after a stomach bug. Lesson learned!
Back to normal routines after my parents left, having visited for 2 weeks. Always mixed feelings; love seeing them but hard to keep normal routines.
Due to sons soccer tournaments my boys surprised me with a Mother’s Day brunch on Saturday at one of my favorite places, Zuma followed by “Avengers; End game.”
Loved both of them!
Diet is on par except the glass of bubble at Zuma.
Bring on the 3 cycles workouts!!
Unfortunately I wasn't able to avoid getting the stomach flu which my son came home with, YUCKY! One day totally wiped out and one day to get back, but feeling awesome today!
Did todays (Day 15) workout and also the Viking longboat from yesterdays workout (being Swedish I felt this was a must)!
I'm happy to share that my mom has joined Kenzai Silver after she was impressed with my progress. My parents are here visiting so perfect to start the Silver program so I can assist her in the Kenzai mindset! Go mom go! I'm relying on Ward to help her through the 8 weeks ;)
Having the day of yesterday (wednesday) really threw me off. Suddenly Monday felt like a Thursday, Tuesday felt like a Friday, the Wednesday felt like a Sunday, today Thursday feels like a Monday and tomorrow is Friday! Weird!!
With having the day off I challenged my husband to some good 2 hours of tough tennis (who is way better than me and of course has to shove that in my face so we battle it out pretty hard on the court). Did my workout after, tired but felt very strong. Tired being the word for the rest of day I decided to get a lot of sleep. Asleep by 9.30 and ready to top up some zzz's when my youngest wakes me up at 10.45 and tells me he has vomitted in his bed. Oh joy! Good bye good nights sleep. With not a lot of sleep, I still managed to drag myself to tennis practice this morning. 2 hours doubles coaching and then 1 hour of single coaching, so today became day 7 in my workout (hope that is ok?). Why not mix up the workout this week while we are at it? All to make life as easy as possible.
Back to the grind tomorrow with the cycle workouts!!